Our 2018 Milestones and Victories

The profile of ranked choice voting nationwide has accelerated twenty-fold over the last 12 months alone, and its profile here in Massachusetts is growing exponentially, thanks to our endless hard work! Take a look at some of the big leaps forward -- here at home, and from sea to shining sea!


Mar 19  |  Utah state legislature passes ranked choice voting local option bill with combined 89-3 vote in both chambers. Signed into law by Republican Governor Gary Herbert.


Mar 27  |  The town of Amherst, MA adopts ranked choice voting for local elections via public vote on a new town charter. Read more.


June 1  |  U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (CD-6) publicly announces his endorsement of ranked choice voting, saying: “If the Founding Fathers had understood ranked choice voting they would have put it in the Constitution. Unfortunately, they did not, so it is something we are trying to change. I am on the side of advocating for this change.” Watch the full video.


June 2  |  Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin announces his endorsement of ranked choice voting at the state Democratic convention. Later in June, he publicly tweets, “It’s time for MA to come together to implement ranked choice voting.”



June 9  |  The New York Times Editorial Board announces their endorsement of ranked choice voting. [image: NYT masthead]


June 12  |  Voters in Maine use ranked choice voting for federal and state offices in the statewide primary -- for the first time in U.S. history. On the same ballot, the People's Veto (Question 1) to preserve future use of ranked choice voting in primaries and federal elections passes by a doubly-wide margin as the original 2016 ballot question.



June 14  |  The Washington Post Editorial Board announces its endorsement of ranked choice voting. The Economist Editorial Board also announces its endorsement. Endorsements begin pouring in from countless national news outlets including Slate, The Atlantic, The American Interest, and many more.


July 11  |  U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (CD-2) issues statement of endorsement: “Too many people in our country think that their voice doesn’t matter and their vote doesn’t count – some are so frustrated with our current political climate that they don’t even bother voting. Massachusetts has always led the way forward with bold and innovative ideas, and ranked choice voting is an idea whose time has come. It would bring accountability and diversity to our elections and help us achieve a more civil, inclusive and democratic future.” [image: headshot of McGovern]


Aug 8  |  The Boston Globe announces its first of numerous endorsements of ranked choice voting for Massachusetts. [image: newspaper scrap headline]


Sept 5  |  Following severe vote-splitting in the MA-3 Democratic primary, yielding a 21.6% plurality winner, The Boston Globe issues a second, more urgent call for implementing ranked choice voting statewide. [image: newspaper scrap headline]


Sept 17  |  The New York Times reports on the movement surrounding ranked choice voting in Massachusetts.


Sept 19  |  National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers names Voter Choice Massachusetts as one of four finalists (out of 65 entries) in their list of Breakthrough Reform Projects. Our state’s effort to elevate ranked choice voting was selected by Honorary Co-Chairs Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter, and determined to be one of the most “shovel-ready” projects, with the greatest opportunity for immediate impact towards nationwide political reform.



Oct 17  |  Ranked choice voting is the featured cover story article in Boston Globe Magazine.



Oct 23  |  Official launch of legislative campaign “200 Coffees” following successful $10,000 fundraising effort.


Oct 25  |  Public debut of the original documentary, “The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting” by Somerville filmmaker Scotty Vercoe. Watch the trailer on Vimeo.


Nov 6  |  By a 2-to-1 margin, voters in the 1st Hampshire & 3rd Hampshire districts approve Question 5, a public policy ballot question instructing their members of the legislature to sponsor and advocate for bills in favor of ranked choice voting.


Nov 15  |  Maine’s Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, releases the final results of the nation’s first-ever ranked choice voting election for a federal office; the Representative seat for Maine Congressional District 2. The tabulation was broadcast live via the Secretary of State's Facebook page.


TODAY  |  The concept of ranked choice voting has broken out of the nerdstream, into the mainstream, and is steadily becoming a household phrase. On the state and national level, it continues to see rapidly increasing support across all partisan and demographic lines.